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Democracy in practice

2 December 2010

Democracy in practice“Democracy starts with you!” is an EU funded project, which started in 2009 and aims at breaking down barriers and facilitating genuine civic participation of young people from the South Caucasus. On 18 September, a project-related training of teachers started in Yerevan and continued in Tsaghkadzor.
60 teachers from Armenian schools were trained on carrying out simulation games, modern methods of civic education, political participation, and political representation, to be able to inform pupils and their parents. Then democracy simulation games will be prepared in each school. “There is no alternative to democracy: it is the phenomenon, which each person must carry inside. Education is the fundamental concept of democracy”, said Armen Ashotyan, the Armenian Minister of Education and Science in his welcoming speech.
Pupils and teachers from 20 schools, and youth wings of political parties are involved in the Armenian programme. The 11th grade pupils will take part in three-phase simulation games (national, regional and EU level). “The simulation games will help young people not only understand democracy theoretically, but also use it in practice”, said Lea Vuori, Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Armenia. After the simulation games, the Armenian participants will choose a representative to go on mission to the South Caucasus Youth Parliament and introduce their political agenda.
“Democracy Starts with You!” was launched by the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation, the Yerevan School of Political Studies, the Baku School of Political Studies , and the Tbilisi School of Political Studies and. It is implemented in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and targets young people from national minorities or rural areas.

Democracy in practice

Democracy in practice“Democracy starts with you!” is an EU funded project, which started in 2009 and aims at breaking down barriers and facilitating genuine civic participation of young people from the South Caucasus. On 18 September, a project-related training of teachers started in Yerevan and continued in Tsaghkadzor. 60 teachers from Armenian schools were trained on carrying out simulation games, modern methods of civic education, political participation, and political representation, to be able to inform pupils and their parents. Then democracy simulation games will be prepared in each school. “There is no alternative to democracy: it is the phenomenon, which each person must carry inside. Education is the fundamental concept of democracy”, said Armen Ashotyan, the Armenian Minister of Education and Science in his welcoming speech. Pupils and teachers from 20 schools, and youth wings of political parties are involved in the Armenian programme. The 11th grade pupils will take part in three-phase simulation games (national, regional and EU level). “The simulation games will help young people not only understand democracy theoretically, but also use it in practice”, said Lea Vuori, Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Armenia. After the simulation games, the Armenian participants will choose a representative to go on mission to the South Caucasus Youth Parliament and introduce their political agenda. “Democracy Starts with You!” was launched by the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation, the Yerevan School of Political Studies, the Baku School of Political Studies , and the Tbilisi School of Political Studies and. It is implemented in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and targets young people from national minorities or rural areas.